Gold, silver, & money won’t save you! Only Jesus can!

Scripture:
They will throw their money in the streets, tossing it out like worthless trash. Their silver and gold won’t save them on that day of the Lord’s anger. It will neither satisfy nor feed them, for their greed can only trip them up. – Ezekiel 7:19 (NLT)

Observation:
Ezekiel saw a vision from God where the LORD sent angels throughout the city of Jerusalem and killed ALL who had not received the mark of the LORD upon their foreheads. Those who were marked wept for their city because of the great evil that had overrun their homeland. They had broken hearts over the wrongs done by their kinsmen. However, the wealthy and greedy people of all social ranks were wiped out and killed. Their greed and lust of money could not save them. Prior to this vision the LORD told the prophet that when the terrible day of his judgment on Judah and Jerusalem would come that the people with money would throw it in the streets because it would be of no value to them. They would be unable to buy their salvation. Their gods of gold and silver were helpless to save them against the wrath and fury of the LORD God Almighty!

Application:
As we approach the current presidential election of 2012, I am reminded of the corporate and personal greed that engulfed our nation, the USA, during the opening decade of the 21st Century. People scrambled to put a contract on a home just to own one even if they couldn’t afford it. Bankers made inroads to put these people into these overpriced homes and then cook the books in order to get their loans approved. The bankers, the would-be homeowners, and even other homeowners looking to flip houses to make a quick buck helped drive our once great nation to the brink of economic ruin. If that wasn’t bad enough, companies like Enron and others cooked their books to make them look like they had made more money than was actually there. The decade of 2000-2009 was all about GREED-whether through silver, gold, homes, or some other commodity. It was all about GREED!

Well, America, God has seen the atrocities you’ve stored up for yourselves over the last 200+ years of your existence. During the infancy and early portion of our history, God saw fit to allow two great revivals to break forth across this land and see many return to the LORD. However, in your post-modern, hedonistic era, the same may not be true anymore. Yes, God will have a remnant of believers to survive and endure the troubles facing this nation, but the majority of people will turn against God, as they do now. They think that their wealth, as fleeting as it is, will save them and produce goods for them. Well, as God told Ezekiel, one day you will throw your money into the streets because it will be worthless and unable to save you.

There is only One, who can save you. He is the LORD ALMIGHTY! He is Jesus! There is no other way to God except through Jesus. Many will say that you can work your way into eternal salvation or buy it or merit somehow. Jesus was explicitly clear that anyone who tries to come to God except through him is a thief and a robber, and the Bible is clear that no thief will have any part in the kingdom of God. There is one Door – Jesus! There is one Way – Jesus! There is one Life – Jesus! There is one Truth – Jesus! You CANNOT get to heaven except through JESUS! You CANNOT be saved by any name except JESUS!

You want to see a third great revival in the USA? Then start with yourself and get right with God. Turn from your wickedness and repent of your wrongs. Acknowledge your need for salvation through Jesus alone! Believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead and confess with your mouth truthfully and wholeheartedly that JESUS IS LORD! THEN AND ONLY THEN ARE YOU TRULY SAVED! Read the book of Romans chapter 10.  Once you’ve done this, then go share that testimony with others, for by the blood of JESUS and your testimony will you overcome the work of the devil.

Prayer:
Father, it breaks my heart, and I do weep over my nation for the sins she commits daily. She seems to be willing to relent of her evil and turn back to you. I’d love nothing more than to see and be part of a great third awakening in this nation and see the lost come to you. Father, please allow one more great outpouring of your Spirit on my people before you bring judgment upon her for her atrocities. I adore you. May your will be done, and not mine. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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